It’s one of the most giving, stressful jobs imaginable. And it impacts every family at one point or another in their lives. That’s why its important to give thanks to family caregivers on Thanksgiving.
Many people don’t realize it, but in the United States, there are 34 million family caregivers who provide care for people aged 50 and over.
Of that number, 9 million provide informal care for someone with dementia.
Since 90% of seniors want to live in their own homes and be independent, the burden shifts to families for their care at home.
80% of senior care is provided by unpaid family members who work about 20 hours a week in this role.
- Give them a day off. Help with some housework, mow the lawn, shovel the snow, or whisk them off on a shopping trip.
- Send them a note – in your own hand-writing – or digitally by email or text. They’ll appreciate the gesture!
- If their loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, consider making a small contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Get them a gift card – or better yet – deliver a fresh cappuccino or hot chocolate from their favorite coffee shop.
- If they’re stuck at home and afraid to leave their loved one, bring them their favorite movie or offer to buy one on pay preview.
- Help them manage holiday tasks at home – the holiday dishes, pre-preparation of appetizers or desserts, or simply making the gravy!
- Say “thank you” for being a wonderful caregiver. It’s hard as a caregiver to know if you’re doing it right, so your act of love and appreciation will make their day just a little bit brighter!
- Offer to help decorate for the holidays. Whether it’s the gobble-gobble of Thanksgiving or the red and green of Christmas, your help with these tasks will go a long way!
SafeinHome is also a great gift to offer the family caregiver – it will help them better manage their care. You can see a video of how it works on our home page.
Wishing you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving!
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